Another double blog entry, conveniently dealing with two comparable events. While I was down in London for my Morris Pert recital at Schott's, I was engaged to take part in an event at Woodend Barn, Banchory as part of the 2013 Sound Festival-the remarkable festival of contemporary music focussed in Aberdeen annually in November. This particular event was a performance-Installation in the form of a group improvisation by members of the illustrious Red Note Ensemble with local musicians under the direction of Glaswegian resident artist Torsten Lauschmann.The installation was called"Inconsistent Whisper": 9 instruments improvised within certain parameters indicated by different coloured lights as operated by the artist. My instrument on this occasion was the melodica, the others being 2 recorders,2 guitars,saxophone, cello,percussion and an example of the first Yamaha instrument: a small harmonium. Just over a month later I played a Clavinova in piano mode in another performance-installation at Arbroath's Hospitalfield House: this was the first Scottish appearance of Bedfordshire based (but curiously Scottish named) Andy Holden. His "8 short pieces in time" accompanied films and animations. Local musicians played strings and clarinet under the direction of Robert Dick,conductor of Dundee Symphony Orchestra. The music was in a generally minimalist idiom, and included a quartet which alluded to Messiaen's famous work for the same forces, but from a Satiesque angle.